Franklin and Bash: Saved by the Clueless Lawyers
We had a friend that once posed the following question via Twitter: “Who the hell really watches Franklin and Bash?”
Naturally, the answer: “We are who the hell watches it.”
If Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell and Travis Birkenstock from Clueless went on to college and law school and then became hot-shot attorneys they would be pretty similar to Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, the two heroes of TNT’s Franklin and Bash.
So of course it makes complete sense that the two men that played Zack and Travis now star in F&B. Zack and Travis haven’t changed much at all. Their names are different, but they are still fun loving, party guys. They just happen to be lawyers too. And Travis got slightly better looking.
However F&B is not your typical courtroom drama a la Law and Order. Instead it is a very nonsensical approach to what true lawyering looks like.
Franklin and Bash (honestly still not sure which one is which) are bros for life. They probably have Greek letters tattooed on their ankles. They appear to be in their mid-30’s and have shown no desire to do anything but drink beer, hook up with CHICKS, play acoustic guitars, hook up with CHICKS after drinking beer, shoot pool in their fratacular bachelor pad, and then of course kick absolute ASS in the courtroom.
Seriously though, how is it possible to maintain such a happy go lucky attitude when people’s lives are at stake depending on how well F&B do their jobs?
We really don’t care that the show is more of a fairy tale than Grimm could think up. If you’ve read anything else we’ve written, it’s apparent we’re not huge sticklers for substance. What really irks us is the thought of innocent high-schoolers or young college kids watching this show and thinking that if they go to law school their lives could look the same. If there are such people and they are reading this, PLEASE TRY HARDER AT LIFE. YOU ARE FAILING SO FAR. TV IS NOT REAL!
We have friends that are in law school, and they all pretty much hate it. In fact one of our friends cried every day during her first year. To think that FRAT GUY Franklin and BROSKY BRODOG Bash made it through the same law school life our friends are in and did well enough while living a college kid lifestyle to one day make it to a premiere Los Angeles firm is crap. The only way that is possible is if their JD is from the University of Phoenix: Online.
Franklin and Bash are two pretty rad dudes. They are great at being rad dudes. Not sure if we would want anyone remotely similar to them to represent us in a court of law one day, but we sure wouldn’t mind partying with them on the night after they kicked the defense team’s butt!
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